August 7th, 2013
04:20 PM ET
[Editor's Note: The clip below contains strong language.]
When you get lemons from Daft Punk, you make a star-studded dance party.
Stephen Colbert pulled that off on Tuesday night, when he had to break it to his audience that Daft Punk had bailed on their appearance at "StePhest Colbchella '013."
Pouring himself a drink, the "Colbert Report" host explained that the group behind "The Song of the Summer of the Century" - a.k.a., "Get Lucky" - pulled out of that night's performance in favor of the MTV Video Music Awards.
"We booked Click and Clack about a month ago, but there was a problem. You see, this network is owned by Viacom, which is also the owner of MTV," Colbert said. "Apparently, Daft Punk are going to make a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards."
According to Colbert, the head of MTV says the network has been promised the exclusive rights to any Daft Punk appearance on TV ahead of the VMAs. The popular electronica group said "nothing, because they don't talk," Colbert equipped.
But in the end, Daft Punk had to pick which show they wanted to appear on - and they didn't go with "Colbert."
No matter - Colbert ended up with appearances from Ashton Kutcher (because maybe Colbert was "Daft Punk'd"), Jeff Bridges, Jimmy Fallon, Bryan Cranston, and more. Who needs Daft Punk when you have party-ready famous friends?
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